Former New Orleans Privateers baseball student-athlete and assistant coach, Johnny Giavotella will be the national honoree at the 35th Annual Louisiana American Italian Sports Hall of Fame Gala on Saturday. The event will take place at Harrah's New Orleans Hotel and Casino and begin at 5 p.m. Giavotella played 182 games for the Privateers from 2006...

Joe Girardi swung and belted a grand slam Monday night at the Philadelphia Sports Writers Association Banquet. The new manager of the Philadelphia Phillies delivered a lively, wide-ranging speech in which he connected with fans of all sports and all Philadelphia teams to earn a standing ovation at the Crowne Plaza in Cherry Hill, N.J. He praised Na...

Mike Piazza took the first drive down the street named after him on Thursday, while participants from Mets fantasy camp cheered him on down Piazza Drive leading up to the also newly named Clover Park. Piazza, who the Mets aquired from the Marlins, and spent 8 years in 'the Big Apple' from 1998 to 2005. got emotional when looking up who Saint Lucie...

It felt like home away from home for Elisa Princic when she and Team Italy U19 women's softball squad captain Alessandra Rotondo threw out the first pitch on Italian Heritage Night at Petco Park in San Diego on August 9, 2019. Earlier that memorable day, Elisa Princic and the Azzurre softball team participated in a workout at San Diego State Univer...

Last seen pitching for Team Italy in the Europe-Africa Olympic Qualifier against Israel and Kingdom of the Netherlands last September. Pat Venditte will be join Team Italy catcher Francisco Cervelli when pitchers and catchers report to Miami Marlins Spring Training in Jupiter, Florida on February 12, 2020. The Miami Marlins signed the 34-year-old a...

National Baseball Hall of Famer and Team Italy manager Mike Piazza will be joined by an international fraternity of fellow managers as well as coaches, scorers, athletes, and medical professionals at the CON6 Italian Baseball and Softball Convention at Palacongressi di Rimini from January 24-26, 2020.  “Ten questions for Mike Piazza” is the first o...

Under the guidance and supervision of Cleveland Indians manager Terry Francona, Brian Sweeney has developed a fine reputation as he approaches his third year on the Tribe coaching staff. The former Team Italy pitcher and coach was recently promoted to Cleveland Indians bullpen coach after assisting the pitching coach and the bullpen coach with thei...

Team Italy catcher and designated hitter Drew Butera recently re-signed a minor league contract with the Colorado Rockies with an invitation to Spring Training Camp beginning in early February in Scottsdale, Arizona. The 36-year-old veteran with a decade of MLB experience under his belt will be competing for an opening day roster spot against 24-ye...

How does an immigrant, Italian fisherman rear, endear, and ultimately prepare his gifted son to rewrite most of American baseball records and somehow rise up from the murky depths of the unforgiving sea to net and symbolize America’s, baseball best in grace and power?  That’s the incredible story of Joe DiMaggio, a first-generation Italian kid, wor...

The Miami Marlins and Team Italy catcher Francisco Cervelli have reached an agreement on a one-year deal worth $2 million. The 33-year-old Italian-Venezuelan made his MLB debut with the New York Yankees in 2008 when he played alongside current Miami Marlins CEO Derek Jeter and special adviser Jorge Posada. 2009 proved to be a monumental year for Fr...